#152 How to Live with Less Fear and Frustration about the Future

fasd success show Apr 14, 2024

Welcome to another enlightening episode of The FASD Success Show! In this episode, we are joined by Kim Driscoll, whose dual role as an adoptive mother and a professional in the field provides a unique and invaluable perspective on navigating the complex world of FASD and adoption.

Kim's journey is both heartfelt and instructional. It sheds light on the profound impact of adoption within the FASD community and the emotional and practical challenges it presents. From her personal story of adopting her son to her professional involvement with the New Brunswick Adoption Foundation, Kim illustrates the resilience and dedication required to support individuals with FASD.

In this episode Jeff and Kim discuss:

  • Understanding FASD in Adoption: Kim shares her deeply personal experiences of adopting her son, including the challenging decision to miss his 13th birthday to attend a crucial conference. Her story highlights the complex emotions and strategic decisions involved in FASD...
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#151 Why Accepting Help… Helps! Unveiling Aaron Howlett’s Journey from Acceptance to Advocacy in FASD

fasd success show Mar 24, 2024

Welcome to another groundbreaking episode of The FASD Success Show. This episode takes us deep into the life of Aaron Howlett, a vibrant 17-year-old with FASD, whose story of acceptance, support, and advocacy illuminates the path for families navigating similar journeys.

Aaron's narrative provides a compelling insight into the world of FASD, highlighting the pivotal moments of challenge and transformation that define his experience. From grappling with the nuances of his condition to embracing the support that catalyzed his advocacy, Aaron's journey offers vital lessons and inspiration for our community.

Aaron's story begins with the raw challenges of understanding and accepting his FASD diagnosis. Through his candid recount, listeners will:

  • Understand the complexities of living with FASD, including the struggles with school, social interactions, and self-perception.
  • Learn about the crucial role of acceptance in managing FASD, as Aaron discusses how coming to terms with...
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#150 From Edge of Collapse to Community Compass: Mary’s Triumph Over FASD Adversity

fasd success show Mar 18, 2024

Welcome to a transformative episode of The FASD Success Show, where we delve into the heart-wrenching yet uplifting journey of resilience and community-building within the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) realm.

Mary’s journey began with the adoption of her son at birth. Her background in early childhood education and special needs allowed her to challenge the professionals that there was more to the alphabet soup diagnosis they had given her child. Undaunted, she reached out for community support and finally connected with an FASD informed practitioner that guided her family in the right direction. She felt a strong call to action and decided to combine her passion for advocacy, coaching and mentoring, and her desire to give back to others.

Life came full circle when she chose to partner with Caroline Johnson, the very first FASD informed professional that supported Mary & her family, in the creation of a new nonprofit organization, Harrison’s Hope...

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#149: The Alex Duthie Episode!

fasd success show Mar 11, 2024

Hey, folks! Welcome to a truly special episode of The FASD Success Show. Today, we're paying tribute to an incredible soul, Alex Duthie. Alex wasn't just any moderator in our community; he was the heart and humor behind so much of what we do. Since 2019, Alex has been a steadfast presence, bringing laughter, warmth, and immense wisdom to us all. Sadly, Alex has passed away on February 25, 2024, leaving behind a legacy that we're here to celebrate in "Remembering Alex Duthie: A Beacon of Humor and Heart."

Alex’s journey was nothing short of inspiring. As a dad, caregiver, and the glue of our online community, he showed us the unmatched power of humor to lift spirits and the importance of creating a space where everyone feels seen and heard. His knack for finding a light in the darkest corners and weaving a sense of family among us has left an indelible mark.

In this episode you will hear some of Jeff's insights and thoughts on Alex's legacy:

The Power of Humor:...

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#148 Transforming FASD Through Peer Mentorship

fasd success show Mar 03, 2024

Welcome to another enlightening episode of The FASD Success Show, where we continue to explore new dimensions of support and understanding within the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) community. Episode #148 - Discover the Impact: Transforming FASD with Peer Mentorship - takes us on a journey into the heart of connection, empathy, and empowerment with Tracy, Catherine and Nicole.

Tracy Moisan is the the Program Director for the FASD & Me: Strengthening My Community program, including the recent pilot project, FASD & Me: for Teens & Youth Peer Mentoring Program. She is also a founding member and past director of two FASD parent support networks and Program Director for the the National Consortium on Aggression toward Family/Caregivers in Childhood and Adolescence (AFCCA). As an adoptive parent she also advocates and has partnered on multiple research studies sharing her lived experience.

Catherine McIntyre, MSW, RSW is a Social Worker with the FASD...

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#147 Legal Lifelines: Advocating for FASD in the Justice System

fasd success show Feb 25, 2024

In the latest episode of The FASD Success Show, we venture into the often intimidating and complex world of the justice system, specifically through the lens of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). In this episode Jeff Noble and co-host Barb Clark have an an enlightening conversation with legal expert Kyle White, who has dedicated his career to representing individuals with FASD facing legal challenges.

As a Minnesota criminal defense attorney, Kyle’s advocacy has helped change the legal landscape. He has won several cases before the Appellate Courts involving minority populations, which include upholding individual’s constitutional rights and ensuring their voices are heard. Presently, he is one of the leading authorities on individuals experiencing mental health illnesses that are involved in the criminal justice system. He is the past president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Minnesota Chapter. He works closely with Proof...

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#146: Navigating the Swear Storms: Understanding FASD and Swearing

fasd success show Feb 18, 2024

Strap in for an unflinching dive into one of the more colorful aspects of FASD caregiving - navigating the world of swearing. In Episode #146 of The FASD Success Show, host Jeff Noble takes us through the whys and hows of swearing in individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), offering a blueprint for understanding and managing these outbursts.

This episode isn't about shaming or strict discipline; it's a lesson in empathy and effective communication. We're exploring the neurological underpinnings of swearing in the FASD brain and providing strategies to help caregivers redirect these moments into constructive learning opportunities.

Join Jeff as he unpacks:

- The Brain's Traffic System: Understanding the role of the prefrontal cortex and how it affects impulse control in individuals with FASD.

- Emotional Regulation: Recognizing the importance of emotional expression and identifying the root causes behind the swearing.

- The Power of Pause: Learning how to...

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#145 The FASD Success Show Shout-Out Special!

fasd success show Feb 16, 2024

In this special episode, we're putting the spotlight on the incredible stories and victories within our FASD community. From academic achievements to heartwarming family moments, it's all about highlighting the resilience and successes that inspire us all.

A while back, we asked members in our private Facebook Group for shout-outs, and the response was overwhelming - so we're dedicating an entire episode to share and celebrate your wins.

Joining me is none other than my esteemed colleague and lead FASD Caregiver Coach, Barb Clark. Together, we delve into caregiver stories, uncovering the secrets to success, and spreading positivity and hope throughout our larger FASD community. 

But wait, that's not all there is!

In the midst of celebrating your victories, Barb and I are thrilled to unveil our upcoming FASD Aggression Masterclass - a game-changing program designed to equip caregivers with the tools and knowledge to navigate FASD-related aggression effectively.

At the...

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#144 Unlocking Growth: How the FASD Brain Evolves and Why Your Efforts Matter

fasd success show Feb 05, 2024

Dive into the mysteries of brain development in our latest episode of The FASD Success Show, featuring the incredible Dr. Catherine Lebel. This episode is a treasure trove of insights for caregivers who navigate the challenging but rewarding path of FASD caregiving.

In this episode we uncover:

  • The Resilient Brain: Explore how the FASD brain's journey of growth continues into the thirties, offering hope for ongoing development and learning.
  • Harnessing Neuroplasticity: Learn about the brain's remarkable ability to adapt, why early interventions can be transformative, and how to leverage this adaptability to support your child.
  • The Power of Research: Dr. Lebel shares her pioneering work, revealing how children with FASD may exhibit unique patterns of brain connectivity that can guide more personalized care strategies.
  • Adolescence and Beyond: Discover the potential for a developmental 'catch-up' in older children and adolescents with FASD, and what this means for long-term...
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#143 Making Waves: A Step-by-Step Guide to Igniting FASD Advocacy in Your City

fasd success show Jan 29, 2024

Join us in an inspiring episode of The FASD Success Show, where host Jeff Noble is joined by Allan Mountford and Rochelle Howlett, pioneers in FASD advocacy from Nova Scotia. Their journey is a powerful narrative of resilience, collaboration, and the unstoppable force of community.


In this episode, Jeff, Allan, and Rochelle discuss:

  • Allan's Advocate Reawakening: Discover how Allan's unwavering passion for advocacy finds new life in Nova Scotia, inspiring us all that it's never too late to impact change.
  • Rochelle's Drive for Services: Learn from Rochelle's relentless pursuit to find and create support systems, proving how individual determination can lead to collective success.
  • The Synergy of Partnership: Witness the strength Allan and Rochelle gain by joining forces, showcasing the immense potential of collaborative advocacy.
  • Lessons in Sustaining Momentum: Explore how past advocacy experiences shape Allan and Rochelle's approach to maintaining their advocacy...
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